I will always rate a book honestly and give a fair and considered review of it. My ratings will be based upon, but not limited to, the following criteria:
- The plot: Does it draw me in, and keep me engaged? Does it make me feel like I am present in the story? Do I just not want to put it down? Does it have it’s own uniqueness, as opposed to other works?
- The writing: Is the book well-written? Is it disjointed, or distractingly wordy? Is it descriptive, or overly so? Does the writing promote the progression of the story, or hinder it?
- The characters: Can I relate to the characters? Are they believable? Are the characters well developed and is their “profile” appropriate to the story and thier role in it?
- Emotional significance: Did the story evoke an emotional response from me as a reader? Did it make me think about something in a new light?
- The conclusion: Does the story end with enough explanation? Am I left with too many questions left unanswered? Does it leave me wanting more?
- Cover art: Does the cover grab me, make me want to delve in? I know that you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, and I don’t, but a striking cover does illicit interest!
Every review will include the following:
- Book cover
- Book information (title, series, author, page count, publishing date)
- Book source (tour, publisher, author, personal purchase, etc.)
- Author information on the net
- Synopsis (from Amazon or Goodreads)
- Buy it/Add it links
My ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 5 “mugs”, as follows:
- I could not get into this book, and it took a lot for me to finish it.
- This book didn’t really appeal to me, but it might to others.
- Overall, it was an okay book. I would recommend it to others.
- This was a very good book and I enjoyed it. I would definately recommend it.
- I couldn’t put the book down and it is now added to my personal “favorites” list. I will be recommending this to everyone.
Updated: 9 August 2013